Wohl Article on EMTALA Obligations Published in National Health Law Newsletter
June 7, 2012
“Phone Call From Primary Care Clinic to ER Does Not Trigger EMTALA Obligations,” an article by Brattleboro attorney Elizabeth R. Wohl, was published in the May 2012 issue of the American Health Lawyers Association‘s Health Briefs e-Newsletter, a publication of the healthcare liability and litigation practice group.
Wohl’s article focuses on a Kansas District Court decision regarding the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). The Court found in favor of the defending hospital, ruling that a phone call from a patient’s primary care provider does not trigger a hospital’s EMTALA obligations. The precedent, if it withstands appeal, is particularly relevant for specialty and critical access hospitals, which might not have the capacity to treat someone with an emergent medical condition and need to understand the boundaries of their EMTALA liability.
A graduate of Vermont Law School, Wohl joined DRM in 2007. She is a member of the firm’s Health Law Group and the Litigation Group.
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